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FamilySearch Adds More Than 5.7 Million Images to New Massachusetts Land Records Collection

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Thu, 2013-05-30 15:13
The following announcement was written by FamilySearch: May 30, 2013 FamilySearch has added more than 7.3 million images this week from Austria, Brazil, China, Honduras, Luxembourg, Peru, Portugal, Switzerland, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 5,766,135 images from the new U.S., Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620–1986, collection, the 337,367 images from the new Honduras, Civil Registration, 1841–1968, collection, and the 191,701 images from the new U.S., Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900–1953, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org. Searchable... Dick Eastman

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Dowsing: Does It Really Work?

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Thu, 2013-05-30 07:13
I have written several times about the "science" or the hocus-pocus or whatever-you-want-to-call-it of dowsing. (You can find my earlier articles if you start at http://goo.gl/EfTnn.) I am primarily interested in the possibility of dowsing for unmarked graves, but any dowsing conversation soon leads to a wider discussion of finding water. Some people claim dowsing works reliably while others dismiss it as fakery. I have seen dowsing find water, so I know that it works for other people. However, in the few times I have tried, it never worked for me. Burr Morse is a man I respect, and he... Dick Eastman

MacFamilyTree 7 and MobileFamilyTree 7 Released

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Wed, 2013-05-29 21:03
Synium Software has released new updates to its two popular genealogy programs: MacFamilyTree 7 for Macintosh and MobileFamilyTree 7 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Major new features of both programs include a new iCloud sync, new Virtual Globe, a new Virtual Tree, a new Edit Mode, improved source management, a new user interface (which I rather like), and the ability to add "associated persons" to an individual's record. An "associated person" might be a godparent, a witness to birth or death, or any other person who played a significant role in a person's life. MacFamilyTree 7 As stated on... Dick Eastman

NGS Announces 2014 Family History Conference to be Held in Richmond, Virginia

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Wed, 2013-05-29 16:45
The following announcement was written by the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society: ARLINGTON, VA, 29 MAY 2013: The National Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the 2014 Family History Conference will be held 7–10 May 2014 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and Marriott Hotel located in downtown Richmond, Virginia. Conference highlights and contact information for conference hotels can be found in the Announcement Brochure, which can be downloaded at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/galleries/new-gallery/2014_Announcement_Brochure.pdf. The conference theme, Virginia: The First Frontier, will explore the records and history that draw so many back to their roots in the Old Dominion. Lecture topics will also include... Dick Eastman

A Special Offer Until June 4 for MyHeritage.com

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Tue, 2013-05-28 19:50
Here I am at the MyHeritage booth at a recent genealogy conference. From time to time I find genealogy services or products that are especially interesting or available at low prices. Sometimes I can negotiate a special deal for readers of the EOGN newsletter. Today I can announce one of those special offers. It is for a service that I love and use often: MyHeritage.com. Best of all, MyHeritage is now offering a discount to EOGN newsletter readers. Disclaimer: MyHeritage is the sponsor of this newsletter and I guess this article is somewhat of an "infomercial" for their service. However,... Dick Eastman

QR Codes Create Internet-Connected Tombstones

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Tue, 2013-05-28 11:04
QR Codes have many uses. They are often used on business cards and also in printed advertisements. Mercedes-Benz attaches them to automobiles so that rescue crews can use their smartphones or tablets to instantly retrieve information on how to make a speedy and safe recovery when using the "jaws of life" to extricate victims from an auto accident. (See http://www.gizmag.com/mercedes-benz-qr-codes/27675/.) Now genealogists have recently been finding QR Codes on tombstones. A QR Code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) first designed for the automotive industry. You can see a... Dick Eastman

Book Review: Nana, Tell Us Your Story

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Tue, 2013-05-28 10:07
The following book review was written by Bobbi King: "Nana, Tell Us Your Story" By Marie Arndt Skinner, Ric Skinner, with Marilee (Skinner) Hollister. 2013. 134 pages. This is an homage to Marie Arndt Skinner from her two children, Ric and Marilee, the co-authors. This book is perfectly titled, as these faithfully are the "Memoirs and Musings of a Victorian Artisan in the 21st Century" as the subtitle informs us. The three of them have put together a remarkable narrative of Mrs. Skinner’s 95 years so far on this earth. The entire text is in her voice, just as if... Dick Eastman

Free Guide to New York Ancestors

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Tue, 2013-05-28 09:40
Do you have New York ancestors? If you do, you’ll want to check out the free guide to New York ancestors available at FamilySearch.org. In this guide, you will find a series of research articles packed with helpful ideas for tracing ancestors in New York City, its five boroughs, 57 counties, and hundreds of towns throughout the state. New York Online Genealogy Records will help you quickly discover what is available online. You can learn a lot more about this new guide in an article by Nathan W. Murphy published in the FamilySearch Blog at https://familysearch.org/blog/en/free-guide-york-ancestors/. Dick Eastman

22nd National Congress of Genealogy in 2013 in Marseille, France

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Tue, 2013-05-28 09:09
The National Congress of Genealogical Sciences is held every two years. Most of the attendees are genealogy enthusiasts, professionals, or those interested in heraldry. 2013 will be the year of the XXII National Congress of Genealogy. The National Congress will be held later this week in Marseille. (Click on the image to the right to see a larger view of the poster.) The National Congress of Genealogical Sciences will take place on May 31, 1 and 2 June 2013 at the Palais des Congrès de Marseille, Parc Chanot. The theme of this year's event is "BACK TO BASICS." The "guest... Dick Eastman

MyHeritage Named as a Gold Sponsor of the JGSGB Family History Fair

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Tue, 2013-05-28 09:00
The following announcement was written by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain: JGSGB – Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain – welcomes MyHeritage as Gold Sponsor of its First Family History Fair, being held at the De Vere Village Urban Resort in Elstree’s Centennial Park on 7th July 2013 between 10am and 6pm. MyHeritage is the most popular family history network on the web with more than 75 million registered members and more than 4 billion searchable historic records. MyHeritage has the world’s largest collection of Jewish family trees, and is particularly relevant for those tracing their Jewish ancestors... Dick Eastman

Scottish Property Valuation Rolls for 1895 Go Online

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Tue, 2013-05-28 01:00
The following announcement was written by brightsolid, the company that runs the ScotlandsPeople website on behalf of the National Records of Scotland: New records reveal a colourful picture of Victorian society in Scotland The names of more than two million Scots from the late Victorian age will be published today, as records of Scottish properties and their owners and occupiers in 1895 are released on ScotlandsPeople, the government’s family history website. Called the Valuation Rolls, the records give an insight into Scottish society during that period, and will be a major resource for genealogists. The records comprise more than two... Dick Eastman

Story View on Ancestry.com

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-05-27 15:30
Ancestry started rolling out the feature, known as Story View, earlier this quarter to a tiny share of its customers, and now it’s active for 10 percent of them. The plan is to analyze the use of Ancestry with and without Story View and round out the feature before making it generally available, probably later this year. Underneath a picture and life summary of an ancestor in Story View are zoomed-out pictures of documents, instead of discrete fields of structured text. Next to the images, Ancestry can plug in blurbs generated from information in the document. Those draw from a... Dick Eastman

A Computer Network is Piecing Together a Jigsaw of Jewish Lore

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-05-27 15:21
A sophisticated artificial intelligence program running on a powerful computer network is conducting 4.5 trillion calculations per second to help reassemble more than 100,000 document fragments collected across 1,000 years that reveal details of Jewish life along the Mediterranean, including marriage, medicine and mysticism. Recovered in 1896 from a storeroom of the Ben Ezra synagogue in Old Cairo, the documents were collected from the ninth century to the 19th, awaiting burial as required by Jewish law for anything bearing God’s name. Most of the manuscripts were tattered and torn. A sophisticated artificial intelligence program running on a powerful computer network... Dick Eastman

Dallas Genealogical Society Announces 2013 Writing Contest with Cash Prizes

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-05-27 11:50
The following announcement was written by the Dallas Genealogical Society: The Dallas Genealogical Society is pleased to announce its 2013 Writing Contest for original material on topics of interest to genealogists and family historians. The contest is open to members and nonmembers of the DGS. Hobbyists, transitional, and professional genealogists are welcome to submit entries. Submissions may include genealogies, family histories, and case studies that demonstrate use of genealogical methodology, techniques, and sources. While the DGS has a goal of preserving Dallas area history, subject matter for the competition is not limited to the local geographic area except as defined... Dick Eastman

Richard III Suffered an Ignominious Burial, Researchers Find

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-05-27 11:30
Richard III may have been King of England, but those who buried him apparently didn't spend much time on pomp and circumstance. His body was reportedly stripped naked, despoiled and publicly displayed for three days before it was buried in a hastily-dug grave at what was at the time the Greyfriars monastery in Leicester. It may have been an unmarked grave. Over the years, the location was lost and eventually became a parking lot. The grave, described for the first time in an academic paper, highlights five specific points regarding the ill-fated king who died in 1485 in the Battle... Dick Eastman

Memorial Day Tribute: Volunteers Work to Return WWII Veterans' Letters

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-05-27 11:19
During WWII, Glenn Husted took time to type a newsy update about his town, Sylvan Lake, Michigan, and then mail to his former students serving in the military at the front. Husted was rewarded for his efforts with 70 responses from grateful soldiers and sailors. Now, years after Husted’s death, Sylvan Lake historians are looking for people who might like their letters returned as keepsakes. Working over the past year, historians have found 18 veterans so far. If your family is from the Sylvan Lake area, you will want to read the article by Carol Hopkins published in the Oakland... Dick Eastman

Super Sleuth Colleen Fitzpatrick, a Forensic Genealogist

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-05-27 10:47
Colleen Fitzpatrick was a rocket scientist but now she is a forensic genealogist. She solves mysteries. (You can read my earlier articles about Colleen if you start at http://goo.gl/PFHq1.) Now Duke Magazine has published an article describing Colleen's work and an interview with her. “I find people for a living,” she says. My favorite quote from the article is, "There are 6.3 billion people on the planet,” Fitzpatrick is saying one afternoon in January, “and I needed to find one.” She pauses for a beat. “And I found him.” You can read the interesting article at http://www.dukemagazine.duke.edu/article/super-sleuth. Dick Eastman

The Easy and Free Way to Perform OCR Conversions of Documents

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-05-27 05:00
OCR (Optical Character Recognition) is the electronic conversion of scanned images of typewritten or printed text into machine-encoded text. You can find hundreds of uses for OCR. I like it for converting typed text in old genealogy books into machine readable text. I also scan all sorts of bills and receipts for income tax purposes. However, OCR is expensive and not terribly reliable. OCR programs can cost hundreds of dollars for the more accurate ones. Traditionally, you had to use a scanner (which also might be expensive) to create an image of the paper to be converted, then use (expensive)... Dick Eastman

StoryPress for Android

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-05-27 03:00
A few weeks ago, I wrote about StoryPress for the iPad and was impressed with it. As I wrote then: StoryPress is an iPad app (with an Android version promised "real soon now") that helps you preserve your memories in your own voice by recording spoken history. StoryPress can be used for many different purposes. I can imagine a genealogist using the program to share grandmother's stories, in her spoken words, for the eventual listening by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Of course, the app can also be used for many other purposes, including recording stories about how your father built... Dick Eastman

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